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50 Garden Play Area Ideas

It can be hard keeping your children entertained when they’re not at school, but coming up with some simple activities can go a long way!

From simple chalkboards and stepping stones in your garden to complete adventure playgrounds with playhouses, we’ve got all the inspiration you need to keep your kids active and enjoying themselves.

Let’s dive in to our 50 best Garden Play Area Ideas.

1. Artificial grass

In a play area for your kids, nothing beats artificial grass. It’s easy to keep clean if they want to run around without shoes and could stop your children hurting themselves if they fall.

A garden playground area with artificial grass

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2. Slope garden slide

You can take advantage of a sloped garden and build a slide for your kids. You could even build a climbing wall instead of steps to get up to the top!

Slope garden slide

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3. Small cave

If you have a slope, you could build a small cave or tunnel for your kid’s adventures. The tree stump stepping stones are a creative way to help little legs get up that slope!

A small cave or tunnel in a sloped garden

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4. DIY nature playbox

Create your own nature playbox for your children using items you can find in the garden; logs, twigs and unused plant pots can all keep imaginative minds active. 

DIY nature playbox

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5. Corner playgarden

With swings and slides in their own garden, they’ll never want to leave! There’ll be no need to go to the park.

Corner play garden area

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6. Tree stump agility arena

Help your children keep active with a fun agility course. You could use old tree stumps to create your own raised stepping stones.

Tree stump agility arena

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7. Concrete and pebbles mini city

Playing with toy cars is one of the best things to do as a kid. Create your own track for the cars using paving stones.

Mini city made of concrete and pebbles

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8. Garden cabin for kids

Your kids will love a small place, just for them. You can make it more appealing by planting some flowers or covering the mini log cabin with grass.

Mini log cabin playhouse for kids

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9. Awesome treehouse

With everything your kids love: a slide, a hanging bridge, even some ropes to climb. Just imagine how many adventures there will be.

An awesome treehouse with a slide, a hanging bridge, even some ropes to climb

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10. Chalkboard

Add a simple chalkboard to give your kids a spot to enjoy drawing outside and staying in touch with nature.

A chalkboard attached to a garden wall

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11. Kids cabin

Wendy houses always go down well with children. You could add homely touches like flower boxes and a cottage sign to make it feel like a mini version of your home.  

A Wendy house playhouse for children

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12. Playground in slope garden

If you’ve got a sloped garden, level the ground off to give space for a playground for your kids to enjoy.

Playground in slope garden

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13. Wooden treehouse in small garden

Who said you need a tree to build a treehouse? Build a raised platform for your children to play and have imaginative ways to get up and down! 

Here they’ve chosen a rope ladder and slide. 

Wooden treehouse in small garden

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14. Custom stepping stones

Craft your own stepping stones to make them look appealing and fit in with the style of your garden.

Custom garden stepping stones

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15. Kids area

A whole section of your garden dedicated to your kids. Fence it off so you’ve still got an area of garden to enjoy yourself.

A whole section of a garden dedicated to your kids, a.k.a. the kids area

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16. Outdoor kitchen for kids

Perfect for them to host small tea parties with their friends! It’s easy to recreate this at home using pallets, logs and bunting. 

Outdoor kitchen setup for kids

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17. Small play area

You don’t need a lot of space or a huge playground. This castle-style play area has a simple setup but it would be an amazing spot for your kids to play and have fun everyday.

Small play area for a small garden

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18. Kids house in long garden

A long garden means plenty of room for the kids to play. Add some comfy seating so you can keep an eye on them.

Kids house in long garden

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19. Kids clubhouse

They can gather their friends and have fun in your garden with a mini clubhouse. 

Kids clubhouse

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20. Sandbox and garden beds

If you’re short on space, a sandbox and flower bed combo is perfect. 

Sandbox and garden beds

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21. DIY spider web swing

Using old logs as a frame for your swing helps keep it more natural, and in-keeping with a garden space. This kind of swing is great for a group of children as you can fit more than one on at a time! 

Or they can just have a lie down.

DIY spider web swing

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22. Backyard gym bars

Start your kids gymnastics career in your own backyard! Maybe add some soft flooring underneath, just in case they fall. 

Backyard gym bars

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23. Family garden

Defined areas help to separate out the kids area from the rest of the garden so everyone can enjoy it in their own way. 

A cute family garden setup

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24. Backyard fort

Kids love a fort! Raise up their Wendy house so they can feel like they’re king (or queen) of the castle. 

Backyard fort

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25. DIY children’s corner

Build your own play area using wooden beams and ropes. Tyre wings and rope ladders add some extra fun. 

DIY children’s corner

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26. Garden excavation site

Bury some shiny objects for your kid to have the full excavation experience. Add a chalkboard and tool wall so they’ll never want to leave their corner!

Garden excavation site

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27. Recycled tree stumps as stepping stones

Create your own stepping stones using tree stumps or log slices. Paint them bright colours to add some colour to your backyard while saving some money on paving stones.

Recycled tree stumps as stepping stones

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28. Climbing wall

You can teach your kids how to climb from a young age. Try covering the rest of your walls in artificial grass for a great effect.

Climbing wall in the garden

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29. Garden tent

Simple, easy to create and the perfect place for some stargazing.

A cute, mini garden tent

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30. Chalkboard and sandbox with roof

Protect your kids from the sun’s harsh rays while playing outside by building a simple roof above their play area. You could also add some walls to hang old piping painted in fun colours and a chalkboard to keep them amused all day.

Chalkboard and sandbox with roof

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31. Activity wall and pea gravel area

These types of garden toys and activity walls are great for children to learn new things and have fun. They’re easy to build yourself, and that way you can personalise the wall to suit your own children.

Activity wall and pea gravel area

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32. Tree stump path

Place a few tree stump stepping stones in order to create a path for your kids to practice their jumping and agility skills.

Tree stump path

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33. Buried trampoline

It’s much less likely that your kids will hurt themselves falling off the trampoline if it’s at ground level. It also means the trampoline won’t block your view of the rest of the garden.

Buried trampoline

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34. Homemade garden den

Use branches and logs to create a hut for your children to play in. Decorate with flowers from your own garden.

Homemade garden den

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35. Small wood village

Build your own miniature village using old planks and some paint for the windows. Use pebbles and other bits from your garden to make the residents feel at home.

Small wooden village

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36. Gorgeous treehouse

Every kid in the world wants to have a magical treehouse. If you have the space, go for it.

Magical-looking garden treehouse

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37. Fairy garden in old tyre

Fairy gardens don’t need to be expensive or complicated. Build a simple one housed in an old tyre and get your children to help decorate it for the fairies. 

Fairy garden in old tyre

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38. Wobble board

Build a wobble board in your garden for your kid to learn the basics of skating before jumping on a real board. At least when falling off this one, they shouldn’t hurt themselves.

Wobble board

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39. DIY numbered stepping stones

A great way to teach your kids the numbers but still have fun.

DIY numbered stepping stones

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40. Chalkboard wall

If you’re struggling to come up with an idea to cover a boring garden wall, you could go for a giant chalkboard so your children have plenty of space to get creative and can decorate it in a different style every day.

Chalkboard wall attached to a garden wall

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41. Children’s gardening station

Have your kids help you with your plants by building them their own gardening station.

Children’s gardening station

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42. Front yard sandy play area

You don’t need much space to create a sandpit area for your children. Here they’ve replaced a flower bed with sand to give their children a place to play. 

Front yard sandy play area

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43. Awesome playground in small garden

Again, it’s not about space. This playground packs so much into a small corner of the garden, the children will never get bored! 

Awesome playground in small garden

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44. Small nest swing

A simple design that’s great for swinging small children without worrying if they’re going to fall.

Small DIY nest swing

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45. Pirate ship sails

You don’t have to build the whole ship. Thankfully, kids’ imagination goes a long way. 

Pirate ship sails

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46. Natural drum kit

Perfect for them to start learning some rhythm without making too much noise! 

Natural drum kit made from woods

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47. Backyard wooden fort

Imagine how much fun your children could have here! Plus the underneath could be used as storage for their large toys when they’re not using them. 

Backyard wooden fort

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48. DIY outdoor noughts and crosses

For the next level in outdoor games, build your own noughts and cross board using a tree stump, then attach the pieces with wire so they don’t get lost.

DIY outdoor noughts and crosses

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49. Alphabet stepping stones

You can create them with numbers or the alphabet. Either way, your kids will learn something while having fun outside.

Alphabet stepping stones

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50. Vertical tyre climbers

Another way to give an old tyre a second life is to turn it into a climbing frame your kids will enjoy.

Vertical tyre climbers

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Round-up

There are so many ways to keep your children busy when they’re playing in the garden, and it doesn’t have to cost the earth or take up too much space.

We hope you’ve found our ideas useful for keeping your own little ones amused and inspired you to get creative with your garden space.

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